The vantage point looks straight up the spine of the lake. A cross section of Panekiri Bluff to the west falls to the many indentations of the Whanganui Inlet. The Puketukutuku Range is the bulbous hummock which separates the Whanganui Inlet from the Wairau Arm. The eastern shores rise towards Lake Waikareiti. The nearby ridge crest, backed by the Ngamoko Range, is dotted with bizarre sculpted blocks, which face the rippling lake below.
The start of the track is signposted opposite the small parking bay 9 km south of the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre.
This steep track climbs to the top of the ridge for a magnificent lake viewpoint. Numerous steps aid the climb, which weaves through the fragmented blocks of rock. The angles of the rock beds are tilted to almost vertical and where blocks have split, there are cave arches and holes. For this reason, keep to the track.
Entering kamahi forest near the top, the track arrives at a viewing platform with supreme lake views.
Rosie Bay and the containment measures in action to contain the invasion of the water weed, Lagarosiphon major, are tucked into the foreground.
Lou Dolman, a well-known policeman at Tuai, took a keen interest in the construction of tracks around Lake Waikaremoana during the 1960s. This track is named in his honour.
North Island ▷ Out East ▷ Lake Waikaremoana
Harriet and Paul
Superb place! It was an utterly beautiful area and the view from Lou's lookout was lovely. Very atmospheric when the mist comes in over the mountain, a place not to be missed.
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Beautiful spot with a nice view.
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Very nice walk full of different little paths with cliffs and rocks. Perfect to relax after the Great Walk.
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Really nice, short but definitely worth it, not boring at all.
A short and fairly constant climb to an absolutely panoramic view of the lake. Highly recommended.
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